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Inferring the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics from the classical limit
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PMID:  10850705     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
It is widely believed that the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics cannot be inferred from the Schrodinger equation itself, and must be stated as an additional independent axiom. Here I propose that the situation is not so stark. For systems that have both continuous and discrete degrees of freedom (such as coordinates and spin respectively), the statistical interpretation for the discrete variables is implied by requiring that the system's gross motion can be classically described under circumstances specified by the Schrodinger equation. However, this is not a full-fledged derivation of the statistical interpretation because it does not apply to the continuous variables of classical mechanics.
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Title:  Nature     Volume:  405     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
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Created Date:  2000-06-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  Eng     Pagination:  533-6     Citation Subset:  -    
Laboratory for Nuclear Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.
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